With only a few days until the year ends, let's take a look at the upcoming cars in India in 2020 under the Rs. 20 lakh mark.
Indian automotive market is going through a big change right now. The upcoming BS6 norms have sent every manufacturer into a state of panic. Couple that to the increasing cost of vehicles, insurance, etc., and we have on our hands the recipe for a market slowdown. Still, SUVs have been selling quite well in our market, and new entries like Kia and MG have managed to gain a sizeable chunk on the market. Not only that, but other manufacturers are also using this slowdown as an opportunity to focus on bringing newer models to the market. Here is a list of the top upcoming cars in India 2020 under 20 lakhs.
Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza facelift
The first car on our list of upcoming cars in India 2020 under 20 lakhs is the Maruti Brezza facelift. India’s biggest carmaker is all set to introduce the petrol-powered Brezza next year. The bestselling compact SUV is currently only available with a single engine option, the 1.3-litre Fiat-sourced turbo-diesel. The max power and torque figures are 90 PS and 200 Nm respectively. The engine is mated to either a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed AMT. With BS6 norms coming into effect next year, the current BS4 compliant engine will be retired, and in its place, we’d see a 1.5-litre petrol motor, the same one that does duty on the Ciaz. The top-trim is also expected to feature a mild-hybrid system as well.
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Hyundai Verna facelift
The 2020 Hyundai Verna is already on sale in China, and its India launch is expected to happen very soon as well. The upcoming model is larger than the current one, and the visual changes on the outside are extremely noticeable. The headlamps are sharper and more sinister-looking, the front grille has a healthy dose of chrome, and the design of the alloy wheels is also sportier. The outgoing Hyundai Verna is powered by a 1.6-litre Petrol and a 1.6-litre Diesel engine. The upcoming model is expected to feature the same engine as the Kia Seltos; a 1.5-litre Petrol and a 1.5-litre Diesel engine.
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Hyundai Creta (next-gen)
Hyundai Creta has been the best-selling car in its segment, beating rivals like Maruti S-Cross and Jeep Compass, right until the arrival of its cousin, the Kia Seltos. Now, Hyundai is planning to bring the next-generation Creta to India. The next-gen model is already on sale in the Chinese market, similar to the Verna facelift. The outgoing model is powered by a choice of three engines; 1.4- and 1.6-litre diesel engines and 1.6-litre petrol engine. The 2020 Hyundai Venue is expected to be powered by the 1.5-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel engines from the Seltos.
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Tata Nexon facelift
The Tata Nexon facelift is also another entry in our list of upcoming cars in India under 20 lakhs. The car has been spied multiple times during testing, and we already have a fair idea of what the upcoming model will look like. It will be based on the same ‘Impact 2.0’ design philosophy which we have seen on the Harrier and the Altroz. The current model is powered by a 1.2-litre turbo-petrol and a 1.4-litre turbo-diesel. The facelifted model will feature the same engine but in BS6-compliant forms. The mid-life facelift is expected to be showcased at the 2020 Auto Expo.
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Tata Nexon Electric
Apart from the facelifted Petrol and Diesel variants, the upcoming Tata Nexon facelift will also have an electric variant. The Tata Nexon EV will feature the company’s latest Ziptron Technology to power the car. The specifications haven’t been released yet, but there have been rumours that the Nexon EV is expected to run 300 km on a single charge. If this is anywhere close to the real figure, then the Nexon Electric will be a thoroughly impressive car. The car will compete against the recently launched MG Zs and the upcoming Mahindra XUV300 EV. There has been no official word on the pricing, but we expect the car to cost around Rs. 15 lakh.
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The news of the demise of the Tata Safari Storme was a sad one for Tata fans. Thankfully there is a new 7-seater Tata SUV on the horizon, The Tata Gravitas. Earlier known as the Buzzard and Cassini, the Tata Gravitas is based on the Tata Harrier. Both the cars share the same interior and exterior, with the only major difference being the inclusion of the third row of seats on the Gravitas. We have already covered all the important features and specs of the Tata Gravitas on IndianAuto, so do check that out. The Gravitas is one of the most anticipated upcoming cars in India.
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Mahindra XUV300 Electric
Mahindra & Mahindra is working hard to revamp its entire model range before the BS6-compliance deadline hits the industry in April 2020. We have already had news of the test vehicles of various BS6-compliant Mahindra SUVs being spotted on road. Among these upcoming models will be a few EVs as well, including the Mahindra XUV300 Electric. The EV will be based on the current XUV300 compact SUV, which is available with petrol and diesel engines. The car will sport a 40 kWh battery pack with an expected range of 300 km. The maximum power output of the electric motor was stated to be around 130 PS, although the final figures will only be unveiled later. The pricing is expected to stay below Rs. 20 lakh mark.
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Mahindra XUV500 (next-gen)
The upcoming next-generation XUV500 is perhaps the most anticipated Mahindra car of recent times. When it was first launched in 2011, the car had captured the hearts of automotive enthusiasts all over India with its “cheetah-inspired” design and powerful engines. The XUV500 was also Mahindra’s first SUV built on a monocoque chassis. The next-gen model is expected to be an improvement over the outgoing version, with a better, BS6-compliant engine. Safety will also improve the car, following in the footsteps of the Alturas G4.
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Toyota has recently enjoyed brilliant success with its Maruti-Baleno-based Glanza hatchback. Sadly, the Yaris sedan hasn’t had the success Toyota was hoping to achieve. Toyota is hoping to change this with the next-generation Toyota Corolla. The Corolla, you might be aware, is the best-selling car nameplate of all time. In India, the Corolla had great sales figures a few years back, but with the launch of the new Honda Civic, things have been a little shaky. The 2020 Toyota Corolla is expected to renew customer interest in the brand and the car which, based solely on the visual appeal of the international version, seems extremely likely!
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The recent Skoda and Volkswagen merger in India and their updated strategy (called India 2.0) is expected to turn the company’s fortune in our market. Although Volkswagen India and Skoda Auto India were both subsidiaries of Volkswagen India group, the two companies were largely operating independently of each other. Now though, both the companies will share plans and strategies, although dealership network will still be independent.
The compact-SUV segment is booming in India, and it makes sense for VW to jump into it. The Volkswagen T-Roc will be VW torch-bearer in this segment. The T-Roc will sit below the Tiguan in VW’s line-up and compete against Kia Seltos, Hyundai Creta, Jeep Compass, etc.
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Arriving alongside the VW T-Roc will be the Skoda Karoq. Both the cars share the same MQB platform, and will probably share the same engines as well. The Karoq is smaller than the Skoda Kodiaq which is currently on sale in India. Just like the VW T-Roc, the Skoda Karoq will compete against Kia Seltos, Jeep Compass, and Hyundai Creta.
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Apart from SUVs, Skoda will be also be focussing on its premium sedans in India. The most beloved Skoda sedan in our market, Skoda Octavia, has undergone a generation change internationally. The next-gen Octavia has begun production, and we expect to see the model arrive in India somewhere around mid-2020. Not only that, but we also expect the Octavia vRS to make its way to India as well, however, that one won’t be priced under Rs. 20 lakh!
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MG Motors has enjoyed marvellous success in the Indian market with the Hector SUV. To expand its line-up in India, MG is planning to bring more SUV models to India. These include the recently-unveiled MG ZS electric vehicle and a rebadged version of the recently spied Maxus D90. While the launch date for the latter is still undecided, the former will be launched in India in January 2020. The MG ZS EV’s electric is powered by a 44.5 kWh lithium-ion battery. The electric motor pushes out 143 PS and 353 Nm of peak power and torque respectively, and the vehicle has a range of 340 km on a single charge, which is an impressive feat. Needless to say, our list of upcoming cars in India in 2020 consists of quite a few electric vehicles.
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Haval H6 (Great Wall Motors)
Great Wall Motors of China has been trying to set up shop in India for a long time now. The Chinese marquee, it seems, has finally succeeded in entering our market, and its first product will be an SUV no less. Watching the success of Kia Seltos and MG Hector in India, it comes as no surprise that Great Wall motors want to try its hand at the SUV segment first. The Haval H6 is expected to be powered by a 1.5-litre petrol and a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engine. Prices are expected to hover around Rs. 15 lakh mark.
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Citroen C5 Aircross
Last year, Citroen had announced their plans to enter the Indian market. Now, with the spy shots test model surfacing on the internet, we can be assured that the French manufacturer will launch will its first product next year, probably mid-to-late 2020. The C5 Aircross is available with four engines internationally; 1.2-litre turbo-petrol, 1.6-litre turbo-petrol, 1.5-litre turbo-diesel, and 2.0-litre turbo-diesel. While these engines are brilliant in themselves, the final product might have newer, more localised engines, to keep the cost down.
This concludes our list of upcoming cars in India in 2020 under 20 lakhs. If there are any cars that you want to see added to this list, please write it down in the comments below.